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How is emily portrayed as god?

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chasity | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2007 at 2:23 AM via web

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How is emily portrayed as god?

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merehughes | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 20, 2007 at 2:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Um... do you mean god or good? 

I could see, in the way the town reveres her as being somewhat god-like.  She is a representative of the Old South and the old traditions.  Additionally, she is almost never seen and there is  mystery surrounding her which might add to a god-like image because no one has seen her in years.   In addition, the towns people use a formal type of address for her naming her "Miss Emily". 

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 20, 2007 at 2:46 AM (Answer #2)

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The town holds her in reverance as ‘‘an idol in a niche … passed from generation to generation—dear, inescapable, impervious, tranquil, and perverse.’’ In this way, she attains a god-like status. She is perceived as on a higher echelon than the local citizens.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 20, 2007 at 5:26 AM (Answer #3)

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This is a very interesting question.  Emily could be portrayed as "God" since she gets away with most everything...rather she is venerated and almost "worhipped" by the townspeople for what she represents...an old way of doing things that is still admired. She does not pay taxes, she is not made to reveal what the odor is in her home, and she certainly does not allow Homer Baron to ruin her reputation.  She has the power.  Go back now and look for more examples in the story where Miss Emily seems to be in control of things.  Good Luck!

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